On April 23, PASTOR JOHN HOGENSON was recognized with the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations (GACAC) Covenant Award. The award recognizes individuals “who have made distinctive contributions which have strengthened the partnership between Gustavus Adolphus College and member congregations of the Association. Hogenson is being honored for his contributions to the life and growth of both Gustavus and the Church. “It is indeed an honor to receive the award,” said Pastor Hogenson. “Rooted in the body of Christ, Gustavus is a place that equips people to celebrate mountain top experience and deal with challenges. I believe we are here for a reason and that is ultimately to live lives that glorify God and make the world a better place.”

On April 30, PASTOR LINTON SCOTT received a “Special Service Award” for outstanding community service. The award, the first of its kind, was given as a part of the Aviation Hall of Fame awards. In addition to his nightly Mount Olivet deliveries of food and household items to those in need, Pastor Scott also serves as the president of Flight Unlimited, a program that began in 1967 to serve at-risk youth with the hope of inspiring them with an aviation career – “Something better than drugs or dropping out of school,” said Scott. “I tell them they can learn to fly, but first we take care of our appearances ... They get a mop or a broom and get to work learning how to take care of the hanger and the airplane.” That translates into personal appearances as well. Pastor Scott expects students to shower, wear clean clothes, and have a clean appearance. “I tell them to take pride in themselves.” In addition to the hanger located at Crystal Airport, Flight Unlimited operates a ground school with a flight simulator. The 200 annual participants come from a variety of backgrounds, including from Pastor Scott’s On-Call Ministry program at Mount Olivet.



Sandy Connell and Nancy Coates Retire this Summer
SANDY CONNELL became Mount Olivet’s second parish nurse in 1998. Connell joined Mount Olivet after serving for 13 years as a part-time nurse at Mount Olivet Rolling Acres. “Being a parish nurse has been a rewarding experience for me,” said Connell. “The chance to work one-on-one with people is something that I will miss the most.”

In 2012, NANCY COATES joined the Pastoral Care team as a part-time parish nurse, assisting Sandy with in-home visits and providing care for the body, mind and spirit of the congregation. As a parish nurse, Coates often made in-home visits and utilized her caring and listening skills to assist people in need. Both Connell and Coates will continue to be involved in the life of the congregation and are looking forward to spending more time with family as they enter into retirement.

Holly Widen to Retire After 31 Years of Service
This spring, HOLLY WIDEN, Director of Handbells at the Minneapolis Campus, is retiring. She has served the congregation for 31 years. While she was the director of handbells, the program expanded to four separate handbell choirs, with participants ranging from third grade to adults. According to Dr. Beverly Claflin, Director of Worship & Music, “Holly represents the finest qualities of a church musician. She has been a wonderfully collaborative colleague, and her faithfulness to her church and her program is a standard for all of us to aspire to.” Mount Olivet is grateful for Holly’s dedication and for her love of praising the Lord through the gift of music. Thank you for all the joyous ringing! If you are interested in volunteering for a bell choir, or learning more about all the volunteer opportunities in the Worship & Music department, please contact Beverly Claflin 612.767.2232